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According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.
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Re: Comparision [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2011, 05:20
Comparison.
Still is .... it was... Moreover, the word "as" is needed to correctly start the second part of the frase.
IMO E.
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Re: Comparision [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2011, 08:41
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According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.

So A is wrong because "like" cannot be used to compare things. D is wrong because it compares two different things. B an C are wrong idiomatically. => E is the correct answer.
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Re: Comparision [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2011, 09:41
guys a little help here please, can someone help me understand where to put "as" and where to put "like"??
andysimple can u explain a little in detail plz....coz i think that is key to answering these type of questions
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Re: Comparision [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 12:17
jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.


Hello friends, I am facing some problem with the use of pronoun "it" and "its" here.
How "it" in E is referring to "owning and living" phrase and why not to a free house?
And "its" is referring what?
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Re: Comparision [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 12:29
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jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.


Hello friends, I am facing some problem with the use of pronoun "it" and "its" here.
How "it" in E is referring to "owning and living" phrase and why not to a free house?
And "its" is referring what?


The entire phrase is the subject:
"owning and living in a free standing house on its own land" and phrases are considered singular.
Thus,
the verb "is"(Singular)
AND
"it" refers to the entire phrase.

"house" can't be the main subject AS it is the object of the prepositional phrase "in a free standing house".

E is ||el as well:

"OWNING" is still a goal OF young
AS
"IT" was OF earlier generations

Meaning wise:
house is the goal.
Owning something is a goal.

Which one sounds more logical.
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Re: Comparision [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 12:50
Let me give a try :

According to a recent poll, owning and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

'owning and living in a free standing house on its own land' is a noun phrase (Subject)

'its' - possessive noun - referring to free standing house.
'it' - refers to the noun phrase.

Experts feedback please ?
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Re: Comparision [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 02:47
Thabk wrote:
Let me give a try :

According to a recent poll, owning and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

'owning and living in a free standing house on its own land' is a noun phrase (Subject)

'its' - possessive noun - referring to free standing house.
'it' - refers to the noun phrase.

Experts feedback please ?


fluke wrote:

The entire phrase is the subject:
"owning and living in a free standing house on its own land" and phrases are considered singular.
Thus,
the verb "is"(Singular)
AND
"it" refers to the entire phrase.

"house" can't be the main subject AS it is the object of the prepositional phrase "in a free standing house".

E is ||el as well:

"OWNING" is still a goal OF young
AS
"IT" was OF earlier generations

Meaning wise:
house is the goal.
Owning something is a goal.

Which one sounds more logical.


Fluke and Thabk, I appreciate your attention very much.
Please discuss some more points so that I finish this issue once for all.
1.Do Thabk mean that 'its' will always refers to an object noun(phrase) and 'it' will refer to a subject noun (phrase)?
2. Fluke said-"house" can't be the main subject AS it is the object of the prepositional phrase "in a free standing house"..
Is point#2 related with point#1?
A Manhattan GMAT teacher explained that a pronoun can refer to either a subject or an object. The only condition is that it it should be unambiguous.

Though many times, I can select answer with the help of meaning, but I want to be more technical. Otherwise, many correct answer choices are counter intuitive.

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Re: Comparision [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2011, 09:24
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According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.


We should compare "owing and living in a free standing house on its own land"
So we should use "as" because the compare item is a phrase and not a noun. So we can eliminate A
(B) compare goals and not the phase - Incorrect
(C) we don't know whether older generation did
(D) we don't know whether older generation had
(E) - Correct
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Re: According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2013, 07:45
jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.


Isint it in the last option sounds ambiguous?
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Re: Comparision [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2013, 01:17
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The entire phrase is the subject:
"owning and living in a free standing house on its own land" and phrases are considered singular.


Actually phrases can be plural as well. For example:

Sleeping and reading are his hobbies.

However, the sentence here is unique in that sense because owning and living in a free standing house on its own land is just one goal, and hence singular.

Perhaps what you might be getting slightly confused with the fact that Noun clauses are always singular.
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Re: According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2013, 17:27
jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.


Like is a preposition so it should always be followed by a noun phrase. A is Out.
B is incorrect because it makes an incorrect comparison .ie owing and living == as that of earlier generations.
C) did-> verb is not needed here.
D) A clause should follow 'as' because as is comparing goals of previous generations to that of current generations.
E is the correct answer.
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Re: According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2014, 18:05
This sentence compares a single goal shared by generations. The second part of the sentence must have the same structure as the first part: a clause with a subject and a verb.The phrase owning...land is the subject of the first clause; in the correct sentence, the pronoun it refers back to this phrase and is the subject of the second clause. The first verb is also parallels the second verb was. The prepositional phrases of a majority of young adults and of earlier generations are parallel and correct.

A. Phrase, without subject and verb, is not parallel to the main clause.
B. Phrase, without subject and verb, is not parallel to the main clause.
C. Subject and verb of the second clause - earlier generations did—are not parallel to those of the main clause.
D. The verb have is not parallel to is in the main clause and also does not make sense without a past participle.
E. Correct. In this sentence as shows comparison and introduces a subordinate clause in which all grammatical elements correspond to those in the main clause.

The correct answer is E.
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